Reading Time: 7 minutes The successful bids for Round 2 of the Levelling Up Fund were announced by the UK government on 19 January. This blog looks at the approach to funding and the successful bids in Scotland.
So, what’s this about a “climate lockdown”?
Reading Time: 6 minutes This post considers whether claims that national and local government are pursuing policies that constitute a “climate lockdown” are supported by available evidence.
Budget Bingo – common themes in Committees’ pre-budget scrutiny
Reading Time: 8 minutes This blog continues our exploration of human rights budgeting by looking at the committee scrutiny process and how that has changed over the years, then identifying the common themes across the pre-budget letters and reports produced by 12 committees in autumn 2022, and where these themes fit within the three principles of human rights budgeting.
The Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill – what’s happened so far?
Reading Time: 5 minutes This blog discusses what has happened so far during the passage of the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill.
Explainer: Scotland Act 1998 Section 35
Reading Time: 3 minutes This blog gives a brief overview of Section 35 of the Scotland Act.
Review of Scottish Parliament constituencies
Reading Time: 5 minutes The blog considers the Boundaries Scotland review of Scottish Parliament constituencies.
Energy price crisis – current policy and outlook for 2023
Reading Time: 6 minutes Introduction Energy prices have been particularly volatile over the last 18 months. The policy response from the UK and Scottish Governments, which attempts to alleviate
Guest blog: Supporting creative enterprises – exploring the impact of finance initiatives
Reading Time: 7 minutes This guest blog summarises the findings of the second phase of research undertaken by Dr Stephen Knox as part of the Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme.
Recommending a more participatory future – the Citizen Participation and Petitions Committee’s Public Participation Inquiry
Reading Time: 7 minutes This blog looks at some of the recommendations made by the recent Citizens Panel on Public Participation, and examples which might give an idea of how enacting those recommendations in the Scottish Parliament could look.
The three golden rules? Mainstreaming transparency, participation and accountability in the Scottish Budget
Reading Time: 10 minutes This blog expands on SPICe’s 2023-24 Budget Briefing, explaining in more detail what human rights budgeting means in practice, what stakeholders have asked for from the Scottish Government, and how the Government has measured up against those asks in the 2023-24 Budget and documentation.